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US coal industry saw little growth in 2017 despite White House push

The Trump administration has been eager to prop up the US coal industry despite evidence that its in a steep decline. But did it have much of an effect? Not really. Reuters has obtained preliminary Mining Health and Safety Administration data sho...

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Playboy sues Boing Boing over a web link

Playboy has filed a lawsuit against Boing Boing, accusing the offbeat news blog of copyright infringement for linking to an Imgur gallery and a YouTube video that showed every Playmate centerfold. Boing Boing wasnt involved in the creation of the ga...

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Facebook hires TV network CEO to land worldwide sports deals

Its clearer than ever that Facebook wants to become a leader in live sports streaming. Variety and the Guardian have learned that Facebook has hired Peter Hutton, the CEO of Discovery-owned TV network Eurosport, to lead its negotiations for worldwi...

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Amazon‘s checkout-free store opens to the public January 22nd

Amazons bid to automate the convenience store is finally ready for the public. The company has confirmed that the Amazon Go store attached to its new Seattle headquarters will be open to non-employees on January 22nd, or more than a year later than...

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After Math: First!

It was a week of firsts for the tech industry. Facebook finally got around to adding its first African American board member (because its not like its already 2018 or anything), a lifeguard drone made its first Hasselhoffian beach rescue, Ferrari a...

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Google‘s Gboard debuts a quick way to create reaction GIFs

Googles Gboard for iOS is lagging a bit behind its Android counterpart, but a new update for iPhone users comes with a game changer. As The Verge has noticed, its dedicated GIF-maker button is no longer hidden at the bottom and now has a more promin...

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Ben Heck‘s mini pinball game:Designing the case

With the electronics, mechanisms and simulations done, the miniature pinball game is starting to come together. Now it needs a great case. Remember, not every design element needs to be done on the computer first; sometimes its better to get han...

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Verizon‘s lower-cost unlimited plan now works in Canada and Mexico

Verizons latest unlimited plans may have some undesirable... limits, but at least you wont have to pay for the more expensive plan the next time youre on a North American vacation. As of January 25th, the 75 Go Unlimited plan will include calling...

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Twitter may lose the exec driving its live video strategy

Twitters big bet on live video might be running into trouble. Wall Street Journal sources have claimed that COO Anthony Noto, the exec that has been driving Twitters live video push, is in talks to become the CEO of online lending startup Social F...

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Google Play banner hints at dedicated audiobook section

Google Play might be close to launching a section dedicated to selling audiobooks. 9to5Google has spotted a banner displayed in the Books section of the app market announcing its arrival. It was even promoting a 50 percent discount for your first aud...

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Audi smart home battery grid creates a ‘virtual power plant‘

Audi isnt going to let rival automakers like BMW and Tesla corner the market on home batteries. The German badge is testing a Smart Energy Network where solar-powered batteries not only help your home minimize use of the electrical grid, but talk t...

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BMW to switch Apple CarPlay to subscription service

Apple CarPlay is being offered in more and more vehicles, often as standard equipment. BMW, though, charges for it. BMW currently offers CarPlay as a 300 option on cars equipped with navigation. This will change, though, as The Verge reports the Ger...

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Nike‘s ‘PlayStation‘ PG2s are like a DualShock for your feet

Nike has never been afraid to use different technologies to experiment with its sneakers. After all, this is the company that brought you the Mag and HyperAdapt, two shoes powered by auto-lacing mechanisms. And while its latest basketball silhouette...

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‘Destiny 2‘ has another problem with diminishing rewards

Bungie previously promised to both tackle complaints about diminishing rewards in Destiny 2 and to be more transparent going forward, but its apparent the studio still has some work to do. Players have discovered that the game is throttling the num...

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Recommended Reading: Please bring back ‘NBA Jam‘

How the silver anniversary of NBA Jam could resurrect the franchise Law Murray, ESPN Will the iconic basketball game NBA Jam be revived for its 25th anniversary? EA already rebooted the franchise once, but the original voice of the game wants to...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Its the weekend already? You might have a strange email from Twitter in your inbox, and if youve shopped with OnePlus lately then it might be time to cancel your card.

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What we‘re buying: Dyson‘s Supersonic hair dryer

This month, Associate Editor Swapna Krishna is singing the praises of Dysons advanced but pricey hair dryer. Compared with her old model, its like night and day.

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Radinn‘s second-gen electric wakeboard is faster and cheaper

Nearly three years after we first saw Radinns prototype electric wakeboard, the Swedish outfit is back with a redesigned version. The G2X will be on display at the Boot Duuml;sseldorf show this week, showing off its capabilities like a swappable ba...

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Trump signs bill extending NSA‘s warrantless surveillance

On Friday afternoon, just hours before Congress failed to avert a government shutdown, the President signed into law the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this week with the support of many Re...

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Disney hires former Apple, Samsung exec for its streaming service

As Disney prepares for its streaming service thats launching next year, Variety reports it has snagged an executive to run operations. Kevin Swint (LinkedIn) worked at Apple for five years, eventually running its iTunes movies business worldwide, be...

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New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries

The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. The first of the miniseries six episodes...

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Aereo-like NYC nonprofit Locast streams local TV for free

A nonprofit is bringing local broadcast television to the online masses for free, but who knows how long that will last. The organization, Sports Fans Coalition, launched the streaming site Locast.org on January 11th, letting anyone in New York City...

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Twitter is notifying anyone who followed a Russian spam account

Last week, Twitter missed the deadline Congress set to turn over information on Russia-backed meddling in the 2016 election. Today, the social media company posted a public update on their internal investigation. First, they found thousands of additi...

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Logan Paul forced YouTube to admit humans are better than algorithms

YouTube is no stranger to controversy. Many of its top stars have been in hot water recently: From PewDiePie making racists remarks, to a family channel with abusive kid pranks, the companys been under fire for not keeping a closer eye on the the...

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